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    Increase the Independence of Santri, the Government Launches Santripreneur and Young Farmers


    BOGOR REGENCY-In an effort to improve the economy of pesantren and its santri, the Regional Government of West Java Province will make the program of each pesantren can have economic independence through trade in goods or services through Islamic Boarding Schools One One Pesantren. Whereas to increase young farmers, according to the program that was launched a week ago, One Village One Company.

    This was stated by the Regional Secretary (Sekda) of West Java Province, who was present on behalf of the Governor in the Launching of the Santripreneur and Young Farmers Program together with the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, which was held at the Islamic Community Empowerment Islamic Boarding School Jl. H. Jaili Rt.02 / 02 Cibuntu Village Kec. Ciampea, Kab. Bogor, Wednesday (12/26/18).

    "These programs are prepared to make villages in West Java become productive and economically independent villages, and educate villagers to be creative and innovative," said Iwa Secretary.

    "Later, we want the students in one of their roles to be Agent of Change. Become a modifier and catalyst in the nation's development towards a better direction. It also makes Indonesian human resources able to compete and compete with other nations," he explained.

    West Java Province is the province with the most population in Indonesia, in 2017 the population of West Java has reached 48 million. While the number of Islamic boarding schools in West Java reached 8,428, with a total of 58,699 clerics / teachers / religious teachers and a total of 783,248 santri.

    This amount becomes unbalanced as the number of farmers continues to decrease every year. Based on the 2017 National Socio-Economic Survey, during the period 2013-2017 farm households experienced a decrease of 3.31% per year. This is due to the fact that farmers are starting to move from the agricultural sector to the non-agricultural sector and the children of farmers who do not want to be farmers.

    Likewise, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said collaboration with Islamic boarding schools and religious-based organizations was one of the important factors in reducing inequality. The reason is that religious-based institutions have deep roots in society, especially in rural areas. Data said, there were around 28 thousand Islamic boarding schools throughout Indonesia with more than 4 million students.

    "For this reason, the government through the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs has developed a Community Economic Partnership Program. This program is an implementation and follow-up of the Economic Equity Policy and the Community Economic Congress by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), "Darmin said.

    The Community Economic Partnership Program facilitates various partnership initiatives between people - namely community groups based on Islamic boarding schools, communities around Islamic boarding schools, and communities, especially MSMEs - with large business groups. The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs has encouraged and facilitated 16 large business groups to partner with Islamic boarding schools and religious-based community groups.

    The Santripreneur and Young Farmers Program which was inaugurated today is also part of the Community Economic Partnership Program. This program is designed to create new agricultural entrepreneurs in the context of regenerating farmers and developing the potential of non-productive land, including in Islamic boarding schools.

    The target of this program is the final year santri, alumni of Islamic boarding schools and communities around Islamic boarding schools, young people who are or have just graduated from school or college, and who are interested in doing business in agriculture.

    The coverage is training activities and development of post-training agricultural enterprises. Business training and development is focused on developing high economic value agricultural commodities, especially horticulture, which is integrated with livestock and fisheries businesses.

    Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) provides facilitation in aspects of land provision, access to finance, technology, markets, and assistance. For this reason, collaboration between IPB and various related parties is needed to run this program.

    Darmin also explained that there was actually one important thing that needed attention to overcome inequality. After targeting infrastructure development and human resource development through vocational education, Indonesia also needs to build efficient logistics.

    "Then, we also have time to encourage the creation of a transformation of the village economy from a subsistence to commercial economy. That way, we can become a nation and country that is more resistant to global economic turmoil, "he explained.

    Community economic empowerment is still facing challenges in the aspect of Human Resources (HR). On the one hand, Indonesia

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